Book Challenge Update

I've been reading a lot, in large measure due to the very limited time I'm spending on knitting these days. Here is an update on the 2008 Book Challenge, for which I continue to give kudos to Alex at BesoMami:

Book #28–A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray. I am reading along with some of the books The Princess is reading this summer, and this is one of hers. An English boarding school novel with themes of female empowerment and magic, it was a good read, but not up to the level of the Twilight series (and The Princess agrees). I read this one on my Kindle.

Book #29–Faiths of the Founding Fathers, by David L. Holmes. Mr. Holmes was a favorite professor at the College of Knowledge, and his book about the Founding Fathers is full of interesting details about our country's early history, the connection between religious and civic life and ends with some reflections on recent presidents as well. (Guess what, our founding fathers? Not evangelicals…) He gives a thorough explanation of Deism. Had me almost thinking I was a Deist myself. Mr. Holmes covers the territory also found in Jon Meacham's book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation. That was my July 4th GeekFest read last year! I recommend both books, although there is a difference in style between Holmes the Academic and Meacham the editor at Newsweek.

Book #30–Belong to Me, by Marisa De Los Santos. This is the second novel by the author of Love Walked In, a book I enjoyed very much last year. I was delighted to receive an autographed copy from my friend Ruby! I must admit I ended up buying it for my Kindle, too, as it's a big book and was a little much for my wrists/hands at the moment. But we want to support authors we love, right, Ruby? This wonderful, warm book moves some of the characters from the previous book on to the next phase in their lives. I found the descriptions of the character's interior lives very real. I love this book, too, for keeping me company on nights when prednisone was keeping me awake. I felt accompanied.

I find I've been much more intentional about finishing books this year due to the Challenge. I try to keep about three going at a time: something work related, a work of fiction, a work of non-fiction. That's working well for me.

What are you reading?

12 thoughts on “Book Challenge Update”

  1. Currently in fits and starts of “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris, “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller, and “They Like Jesus But Not The Church” by…um…whoever wrote it.
    It is rare that I am reading three men all at once.

  2. I’ll add the baby sometime in the next few weeks, though I’m reading a man and a woman at the moment – “Confessing Jesus Christ” by David Lose and “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. Soon to be followed by “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “When You Are Engulfed In Flames,” both of which I’ve been anxious to read recently.

  3. songbird – just been reading about the amazon kindle – could you post about your experiences with it – what do you like about it – what are its limitations etc. I was thinking of my mum who has very bad arthritis (so holding a big book is hard for her) -but I am afraid that the font might be too small for her as her eyesight is no longer that great either.

  4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides My teenage had to read it for summer reading (among a bunch of other things) and she told me I *Had* to read it.

  5. sherry, my children (or at least the first and third) are frequently pressing books upon me. They are usually right!
    Scott, I love that title, especially in light of your video post of Ainsley the other day.
    Lorna, there is an adjustment for font with six sizes, ranging from paperback small to genuine large print.
    MB, sounds good!

  6. Oh how I wish my one and only was the kind of reader who recommended books! Alas, he is the more typical teenage reader: If a book is not assigned, he does not read it.
    Continuing to be a little covetous of your Kindle, but still resolving to actually read some of these paper books hanging around here.

  7. I just finished the following: Management Skills & Applications for my class; Knitting Circles Around Socks by Antje Gillingham and 2-At-A-Time Socsk by Melissa Morgan-Oakes.

  8. I just finished reading Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” for the second time and I am now starting on “Mansfield Park”. Thanks to Mom, I now have a complete set of Austen’s works to read. Woohoo!
    Also, I’ve been reading the “Bone” series of comic books by Jeff Smith. I’m up to volume 7. They are quite enjoyable.
    And I’ve read the introduction to the play, “August: Osage County” so that I can see what all the Pulitzer and Tony awards fuss is all about. Must find more time soon so that I can read the rest of it.

  9. I’m reading Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage…never read it before. About 200 pages in, and I find Maugham to be perceptive in his obersvations (and memories) of growing up and striking out on one’s own. But so far I haven’t found it as compelling as the Razor’s Edge, which I love for its presentation of the spiritual quest…always searching and moving on. Not rejecting one tradition over another, but always looking for how this life is a spiritual one.

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